November 1, 2018

Tech, Robotics and Engineering Programs for Children in Bay Ridge or Around Brooklyn


UPDATE March2019 : Urban STEAM Lab opened Bay Ridge

1) Local Libraries have Lego and Tech Programs

  • Bay Ridge Library  has Lego Play on Wednesdays. The program has been running since 2013. They also have a Play Station 4.  7223 Ridge Blvd   718-748-5709.  
  • The  Fort Hamilton Library on the corner of 95th Street and 4th Avenue has a Little Bits Workshop that you can register children 6-12 years old (see here to register They also have a Lego Program for children ages 6-12 on Wednesdays (see here)
  • The Dyker Library located at 8202 – 13th Avenue has Build with Lego Duplo blocks for little kids under five years old from on Wednesdays from 11 am – 1pm.  They also have  Teen Tech Time with WiiU with games like Super Smash Brothers or Mario Cart 8 on Wednesday afternoon  – (see here)
  • The New Utrecht Library at 1743 – 86th Street has a program for children 6-10 years old every Tueday afternoon from 4 – 5 pm. They have done straw rockets, survival challenges, paper airplane gold and design a skyscraper
  • The Sunset Park Library has the Build with Lego and Duplo program at 3:00 pm on Tuesdays. 5108-4th Avenue
  • Brighton Beach Library also has a Build with Lego Program.  For other amazing Library workshops click here
  • In October, there is coding at libraries in other boroughs (not Brooklyn) for children 7-14 years old. See here  You can also narrow down the boroughs and see the events chronologically here (there’s even a “Build a Robotic” hand there.

2) Engineering for Kids Summer Program  – (used to be a DGK school in Bay Ridge). They are now in Downtown Brooklyn. They have an an afterschool program and Summer program for children 4-7 year olds, as well as a program for 8-14 year olds.

3) Kingsborough College always has tech classes in their College for Kids Program. These classes are available on Saturday throughout the year, as well as during the Summer. The College for Kids currently has 3D Design, Mindcraft, Craft Design and Game Creator classes for children ages 5-13. Usually there is a robotics class as well, but it is not on this years offerings.  See here for more info.


4) Kings Bay Y has a Summer STEM Program – Robotics and coding camp.  Contact: 718-648-7703 extension: 223 or

5) Modding Mindcraft and Kodu Video Gaming Lessons at Congregation Beth Elohim for students in second to sixth grade. Info info here

6)Brooklyn Robot Foundry – Robot Building for Kids.  Summer Program as well. Classes just for girls. They have a lot of speakers throughout the year promoting diversity in STEM. 


7) Girls WHO Code – Summer Program for 10th and 11th Grade Girls to Learn Coding (applications for the Summer program come out in January)


8) BTECH – for high school girls (8th graders entering high school included) July 17-21.   See here

9)Zero Day Camp – Coding camp in Brooklyn  

10) Bricks 4 Kidz in Park Slope  – more here

11) Curious Jane – for girls who like to tinker. Workshops and Summer Program

12) Play Well Lego Robotics Program at the Old Stone House 336 3rd Street  Brooklyn

13) BkBots at Lego Robotics Camp and Classes at  361 5th Avenue and 338 6th Avenue. Summer Lego Program for students in grades 2-8 and also a Coding Camp for grades 6-12 (Arduino). Started by a physics teacher.

14) Park Slope Lego Engineering Intensive for Middle Schoolers  

15) Tech Camp for ages 6-9 at the Berkley Carroll School


16) SHIP – Summer Hacking Program for high school students – 4 weeks in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. They also have hacking sessions for teens throughout the year.  

17) NY Kids Club has an Architects & Engineers class for children 3-5 years old – 5 months – once a week for around $600.  This is a code to get $100 discount :  Welcome100


18) Construction Kids Camp – Brooklyn Navy Yard – BLDG 92    

20) Pixel Academy — 163 Pacific Street Brooklyn – Afterschool, camps, minicamps (you can request these) and birthday parties.




Manhattan Sites for Kid Techies



Staten Island Tech Places for Kids


1) Staten Island Makerspace – has workshops for children throughout the year and in a cool Summer camp such as Levitation and Spy Camp.

2) Mindcraft Modders and Designers in Staten Island

3) Legos and Video Games in Staten Island



Visit LegoLand in Westchester.  They always have discount codes for it: here


Tech Events for Children 


The Lego Store (locations in Manhattan, Staten Island Mall and NJ Mall)  has a lot of events that you can register for online and then stop in the store and create.  Here’s two of July’s offering. Click here to see the calendar. 



If your child likes to tinker, Home Depot has a Build It Project every other month or so for free. You can check the site and register here   Lowes stopped offering these types of workshops. 


Makerfaire – every year at the end of September (in 2017 it’s on September 23rd and 24th) in Queens outside the Hall of Science. It’s an event for a child 8 or 9+, middle school tech lovers and up.  They have areas for them to learn to weld and each year the kids learn to make a circuit and leave with a light up Makerfaire toy (it’s included in the price of the ticket).   It’s a little expensive, but there are discount codes all over the web starting in August. This is for older kids because the park is filled with booths and exhibits (like 50 different 3D printer exhibits).  There are some crazy bikes to ride and exhibits that allow children to participate as well. There are also some exhibits inside the Hall of Science as well.

Poly Prep WISE – Women in Science and Engineering offers a fantastic day with workshops for girls. Last year it was in November, but other years it was in the Spring. Free.

Play Fair on November 4th and 5th – it’s a toy fair by Toys R Us and Nickelodeon. The event is held at the Javits Convention Center, but there are a lot of Lego stations throughout the Javits Convention Center. It’s $20 a ticket or $73 for four tickets.


First Lego Robotics Competitions – Watch teams have their robots compete to do missions. This is fun for children to participate in, but boring and kind of hard for a child who can’t touch the legos and needs to be just a spectator.  

Summer STEM Programs


1) NYC had some free some STEM classes that you can apply for (by lottery)



Other Science Programs in Bay Ridge


See other activities for children here


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